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11 January 2016

A journey into consumptions and emissions data declared by companies

If you ask anyone in the western world if he cares about environment, 8 out of 10 will answer yes. We are in the eco-sustainability age. Being eco-friendly is a priority, a way of life, and it's also cool. But sincerely, how many of us really know what we are talking about? Just think about the words that describe eco-sustanability concepts: they're obscure, just talking to experts, and have a very little pertinence with real life.
CO2, for example. It represents greenhouse gas, and it's measured in kg or tons. The fact itself to measure a gas in kg is already strange, it's something that flies...anyway. Well, it's easier to figure it like this: do you know the noisy and stinking scooter that passes under your windows in the middle of the night? Let's say every speed up is 1 gram of CO2. Preeee: 1 gram. Pree-prreee-prreeee: 3 grams. It takes 1000 speed ups to make 1 kg. Or one thousand scooters that speed up altogether. Actually things are more complicated, but it makes the idea of something that's not good, the less there is, the better. Some skepticals may tell you that also trees produce CO2. This is true, but they just do it at night, and during the day they make oxygen. Scooters don't.
Not to mention kWh. Energy consumption unity of measure. Such a slippery idea, linked for the most of us to electric bill. Actually energy is a beautiful thing, man needs it and he's also able to produce its own, even walking, or lifting one arm, or bicycling. But to produce the daily 0,01 kWh needed to recharge a smartphone, you should pedal for about one hour, every day, and at a constant speed. Just think how long it would take to move a train, or to make an electric oven work! In short, and without taking into account how energy is produced, just remember that pedalling is tiring.
It all said, please enjoy the data that The GreenWatcher collected from ecologic companies that carried out their EcoAssessement. They are real data declared by companies and elaborated by our algorithm that calculates eco-sustainability. We gathered them all in the following table, dividing them by typology of space they refer to: they represent the average energy consumption and the average CO2 emission for logistics for every kind of activity assessed. And be aware, they speak about real places: restaurants, shops, hotels, offices. They are the places where we live. How many speed ups does the restaurant where I will have dinner tonight produce? And how long should I pedal to illuminate it? Read here the data, and have fun!
Example:
A 100 sq.m restaurant produces 0.067x100= 6,7 kg of CO2, that corresponds to 6700 scooters that speed up. The energy used during the 2 hours of my dinner is 0,07x2x100= 14kWh, that makes 1400 pedalling hours!
Is it more clear now, why it's so important to choose eco-friendly places?!